May 21, 2020
As many are during this time, I am cooking more homemade food than ever! I’ve always loved cooking and baking, but now that I have a bit more time at home and am trying to keep my immune system in tip-top shape, I’ve been focusing even more on healthy, homemade meals (but still as tasty as ever!)
As someone born with food intolerances to soy, dairy, and egg, (who outgrew them, only to have them reappear after a semester abroad back in college), I’ve always had to be conscious of what I eat and learned early on how to cook most of my meals at home due to safety concerns at restaurants. A few years ago, I was researching nutrition while going through a severe case of mononucleosis and went plant-based to try to help myself finally recover (I finally did once I changed the way I ate!) After continuing my research with the help of our library resources, I’ve now permanently and happily changed to a fully plant-based diet for environmental and ethical reasons too, but the nutritional aspects (and my love of animals) will always be what first led me down this path and have kept me from getting sick for two years now!
Now more than ever, I want to do everything I can to help my immune system stay strong, so I wanted to share some of my favorite cookbooks and resources so others can do the same.
This is the first cookbook by the popular food bloggers behind https://www.bosh.tv. First popular in the United Kingdom, Henry Firth and Ian Theasby have grown exponentially, and I actually was first introduced to them by one of my friends from London. I was immediately hooked by the tempting and easy recipes, and found them to be really accessible. Full recipes are constantly being shared throughout all of their social media outlets, and they even just hosted a 10 week all vegan show called Living on the Veg in the U.K.! They’re all about helping people eat incredibly delicious food that’s good for your health and the planet. Everything I make by them has turned out fantastic! Some of my all-time favorites are their twist on a mix between Shepherd’s Pie and a baked potato, lovingly referred to as a Shepherd’s Potato, and another classic British dish: beans on toast, but I have too many favorites from them to count!
They’ve written several other cookbooks, all of which I’ve loved, including Bish Bash Bosh, which is also available to check out from MCPL; and Bosh: Healthy Vegan, which is available through our Interlibrary Loan system. If you’re interested more in the health, environmental, and animal rights reasons behind veganism, and a very simple and easy-to-follow beginner’s guide, check out their book entitled Bosh! How to Live Vegan, which is also available through our Interlibrary Loan system.
First grabbing national attention by winning Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Chloe has since written several cookbooks, all amazing and packed with mouthwatering vegan recipes. Some of my all-time favorites are her cinnamon espresso chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip zucchini muffins, and spicy tomato soup (which I always pair with a vegan grilled cheese, of course). You can find her at chefchloe.com, on her various social media accounts, or check out one of her amazing cookbooks through the library. Or, once we can travel again, even check out one of her many restaurants in the US, Canada, or Europe!
I stumbled upon this cookbook when I first had to go dairy-free, and now have been following the blog for years. You can find Katie and all of her amazing recipes at https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com. From brownies, ice cream, and cookies to vegan versions of your favorite candy bars (chocolate peanut butter cups anyone?), there is a simple, easy to follow recipe for it. Everything I’ve tried has turned out to be incredibly delicious, including chocolate crinkle cookies which are now a family and friend favorite!
This was one of my major sources of nutritional information when I began my research and it was completely eye-opening to me. I grew up with several health issues, and this book made me realize just how much my diet plays a role in those, and what I can do to prevent, help, or even reverse several health concerns. Dr. Michael Greger backs up every piece of information with a plethora of resources, but is able to explain everything in a very down-to-earth, easy to understand format. This was such a vital resource that I ended up buying my own copy and one for my family as well! There is a cook book that accompanies this as well.
I first watched What the Health, the documentary, which was another incredibly eye \-opening source of information. It was empowering to hear research that confirmed people have the power to influence their health and the health of the planet. It also gave a very honest and groundbreaking view of our food industry. If there was one documentary I wish everyone would watch, this would be it (The Game Changers is another excellent documentary!). Both the What the Health book and documentary are available through our catalog.
The Vegan 8 (all of the recipes are 8 ingredients or less!), The Vegan Way by Jackie Day, Thug Kitchen, Isa Does It (she’s written a plethora of amazing cookbooks, including one that has my favorite dumpling soup recipe), But I Could Never Go Vegan! (two amazing cookbooks to choose from), Vegan a la Mode (vegan ice cream, need I say more?), and Deliciously Ella, who’s written several excellent cookbooks and has a podcast that I love!
If you’re a fan of podcasts (besides really enjoying the Deliciously Ella podcast), a must listen for anyone interested in veganism (or just a Harry Potter fan!) is The Chickpeeps. Led by Evanna Lynch, the actress who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies, this is packed full with information, stories, and humor. A must to listen to!
I love writing reviews for cookbooks I read (and I typically always have one checked out!), so keep an eye out for those on our website, too!
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